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We've got your weekend: Film, Fringe and an FOC concert

2014 documentary Big Charity returns to the Joy Theater for a two-night encore performance.

2014 documentary Big Charity returns to the Joy Theater for a two-night encore performance.


Thursday / Shane's shout out : Dr. Dog and Wavves at Tulane University's McAlister Auditorium, 8 p.m.

Hailing from Philadelphia, Dr. Dog adopted New Orleans as a second home when they signed to the local Park the Van record label in 2004. Five records and hundreds of shows later, the band has stayed loyal to the little label that got them started and gained a reputation as one of the most consistently exciting bands both in the studio and on the road. They play a show at Tulane this week before they take some time off to prepare for an eight-night residency in New York City in January. Tickets ($15) available here.

Wednesday - Sunday / Fringe Fest : Internationally celebrated grassroots theater festival Fringe Fest makes its way to NOLA this weekend for its annual showing. The selection of over 80 performances encompasses an eclectic selection of theatrical arts -- from comedy to spoken word and poetry, dramas to musicals. For a full list of shows and times, view the official NOLA Fringe Fest lineup. Read a preview of Thursday performance Send in the Clown here.

Thursday / Bring Your Own : Nomadic storytelling group Bring Your Own has paired up with local arts organization Pelican Bomb for a holiday-themed story event in conjunction with P.3+, at the old Louisiana ArtWorks building (the future New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute; 725 Howard Avenue). BYO invites seven storytellers to each tell a seven minute story based on the theme “You are what you eat.” From 7:30 - 8 p.m. there will be a happy hour with beer, Jeff’s Jambalaya and live music from Lost in the Holler. Following, the stories will commence.

$5 at the door gains each person entry and beer from the keg(s) all night. To tell a story, inquire at [email protected] (space is limited).

Thursday & Friday / Encore screenings of Big Charity : 2014 documentary Big Charity, detailing the controversial closing of Charity Hospital in the wake of Hurricane Katrina through a series of interviews with essential players in the closing -- from Charity hospital workers to Senator Mary Landrieu to CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta -- will return to the Joy Theater (1200 Canal) for an encore screening after the film’s initial premiere this past summer.

Both screenings begin at 8 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $15.

Friday / Friends of the Cabildo concert : The Friends of the Cabildo will bring back a third season of their concert series at the Old U.S. Mint (400 Esplanade) with the premiere performance from celebrated NOLA trombonist, "The Treme Prince,"  Glen Andrews. Along with his band, Andrews will perform tracks from his most recent album, Redemption, within the Mint's acoustic sound space.tickets Tickets ($30 general admission / $20 FOC members) available online or by calling the FOC Office at (504) 523-3939 . The concert begins at 7 p.m.

Sunday / Film fundraiser : Director Steph Smith of Kickstarter-funded documentary film Give Light: Stories from Indigenous Midwives -- a film that explores America’s current maternity health care challenges and offers new ways to think about these obstacles to improve care for both mothers and children -- will hold a fundraiser at the American Sector (at the WWII Museum, 945 Magazine) to support the project. The event will feature a preview of the film; a Q&A session with Smith; and special guest speakers including Susan Roesgen of WGNO, Lisa Pasold of the Discovery World travel show, and actress Shanna Forestall.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. All donations will go towards completing the project.


Chelsea Lee is managing editor at NolaVie. Email comments to her at [email protected]